June 1, 2011
Great Help in Translating Projects
"This book contains Patterns and Instructions for Kensington Embroidery, Artistic Needle Work, Outline Embroidery, Knitting Patterns, Crochet Patterns, Darned Lace Patterns, Macrame Lace Patterns, Rick- Rack Trimming, Worsted Cross-Stitch Patterns, etc. We give below a partial list of the contents : Terms used in Knitting, Terms Used in Crocheting, Descriptive List of the Foundation Fabrics used in Fancy Work, including Cloth Fabrics, Rug Materials. Silk, Java, Panama, Railroad, Worsted Net, Mummy, Ida and Congress Canvas ; also Descriptive List of the Working Materials, including Germantown, Berlin and Fancy Wools, Crewel, Zephyrs, Silk Materials, Chenille, Aracine, Gold and Silver Thread, Oakdale Twine, etc. ; Illustrated Description of Stitches, including South Kensington, Outline, Satin, Feather, Cross, Plush, Persian, Tent, Tapestry, Star, Renaissance Stitches, from Paris, including Diamond, Marled Diamond, Milan Point, Spanish Point, Feather, Twisted Wheels, Rosette, and Wicker Stitches; also Point esse and Snow Flake Stitches, for Crazy Patchwork; Instructions for Kensington Painting, also for Hand Painting; all Instructions for Stamping, including Directions for Making the Powder and Paint used for Stamping. A large variety Fancy Work Patterns, including Antique and Grecian Crochet Edging, Patchwork Patterns, Decorated Band for Fancy Workwork, Fan Pin Cushion, Design for Piano Cover, some fine Darned Lace Patterns, Design for Tidy or Mat, Outline Embroidery Patterns, Ladies' Work Bag, Quilt of Silk Patchwork, Macrame Lace Patterns, Table Scarf, Whisk Broom Holder, Banner Lamp Shade, etc."
In 92 pages.
So this is not for the beginner, but for the intermediate or advanced worker who can put the patterns to use without instruction to speak of.
The descriptions of foundation fabrics are invaluable for those of us trying to actually work the patterns in so many books here. Yes, Ida canvas is Aida cloth's original name. It is "woven in loose meshes that look as if they had once been embroidered and then had the work picked out again." They also say you can prefer it to Java canvas for all projects--one substitution down!
The B&W PDF has far too much fade. For example, pg 37, Grecian Edging, is pretty much unreadable.